Wednesday, April 27, 2011

3 great hand creams

Honestly, this is how my hands felt on the plane today coming to Atlanta to start The Three Stooges. I was really happy I had my trusty hand cream with me. I like quite a few brands but I'll tell you about a few of my favorites. 

Bliss High intensity Hand cream is an ultra rich balm made with macadamia oil and grapeseed extract. It feels really smooth and creamy. Moisturizing without being heavy and greasy.
Aveeno products are really fantastic & their Intense Relief Hand Cream is no exception. It's non-greasy, fragrance free made with colloidal oatmeal & emollients. It actually stays on a really long time, even when you wash your hands. It's pretty great stuff.
Bliss Intensity hand cream & Aveeno Intense Relief Hand Cream

The next product is kind of in a class of it's own. Egyptian Magic is way more than a hand cream but certainly works wonders on dry skin.
It's become a favorite on tv & film sets and I was actually introduced to it by Christian Bale who had been told about it by his makeup artist from another film he had just finished.
Egyptian Magic contains olive oil, bees wax, honey,
bee pollen, royal jelly and bee propolis.

The list of 29 hair & skin solutions on the Egyptian Magic label ranges from chapped lips to easing insect bite stings to hot oil treatment for your hair. And of course, it makes a mean hand cream.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Match this Makeup: Neve Campbell in Scre4m

Neve Campbell in Scre4m

I was Neve's personal makeup artist on Scream 4 and I had a wonderful time with her. I made some new friends and really enjoyed the whole experience. 
But let's talk makeup!
I used a variety of makeup products from the highest end to everyday drug store items to create her look. I find wonderful makeup in all different price ranges. 
Neve's character Sydney has come back to Woodsboro a changed woman. No longer a victim. She's strong and successful. So her makeup needed to reflect that change. I decided to go with a fresh face that looked clean and polished. Well, at least before Ghost Face starts chasing her around. lol
Some of the products I used on Neve

Base: La Mer Fluid Foundation in "Creme". Has Blue Algae Lift Ferment which brightens & firms the skin. I simply love this foundation.
Eyeshadow: Revlon Color Stay 12 hour eyeshadow. Perfect for when you are being chased by a bad guy. Stays put!
Blush: Benefit "Dandelion"
Lip: Korres "Wild Rose" Lip butter and La Prairie "Evening Rose" lip definer pencil

Just another day on the set!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Your eye bags fly free.

I get asked a lot about how to get rid of eye bags. You can't get rid of them completely but I can tell you how to help diminish them. Let's start with some home remedies.
Black tea contains tannins which help reduce inflammation when applied on the skin. Soak 2 black tea bags in cold water, squeeze out excess water. Place under both eyes for 10 minutes & rinse with cold water.
Cold helps reduce inflammation right?! It works on eye bags too. Cucumber slices, peas. What ever you fancy. Apply for a couple minutes, remove & let warm up, then apply for a few more. 5 minutes total is all you need.
As far as products go I am a huge fan of Zia Essential Eye Gel. It firms puffiness and fine lines. Totally made with all natural ingredients. It can be used before or over makeup on your eyelids and under your eyes. I pat it on with my fingers and let dry.
You can also "hide" puffiness with makeup. Remember that in art if you want to bring something forward you lighten it and if you want to recede something you darken it. Same goes for your face. You want to use a color one tone darker than your foundation on your puffy eye bags. It will help to create the illusion that they are diminished. You can use a darker foundation color, a creme or powder shading color or even an eyeshadow color in a light brown or taupe. Keep it subtle though. Makeup Forever Sculpting palette is a great contour/highlight palette that you should have in your arsenal.
Getting more sleep, cutting back on salt, alcohol & tobacco helps too but if that's not possible at least you have some tips to make it look like you did! :)

Friday, April 8, 2011


I know that makeup is a large part of my life. I put it on faces for a living, make bags to put it in, blog & tweet about it. I pretty much love all things makeup. But why? And why does it seem a whole lot of other folks do too?
Makeup has been, and is, part of all of our lives.
Whether you are a professional artist or not, makeup is a way to be creative and artistic.
It can be a way to express your inner self or feelings.
"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for. -artist Georgia O-Keeffe

For others makeup conceals, hides imperfections and boosts self esteem.

Makeup connects people with their heritage. It unites & celebrates.

Makeup can help a person "become" another person.
"A Clown's makeup and character, that's all he has to sell. He loves and believes in that character. " Emmett Kelly"
For some putting on makeup is a way to relax or a time to prepare.

For many it's a way to enhance what is already beautiful about us and to feel good.

"I love the confidence that makeup gives me." Tyra Banks

"When you look mahvelous, you feel mahvelous." Billy Crystal

Why do you love makeup? 

Monday, April 4, 2011

How to create a "strong & sexy" eyeliner

When I'm working on a film or tv show, I normally ask the actor to tell me about their character before I start their makeup. It helps me to come up with a design that makes sense & supports them in creating their character. It's a fun process and exchange of ideas. Without giving away too much, Minka Kelly's character in Charlie's Angels is a tough woman with a dark past, so we decided to create a strong eye with a darker, Sophia Loren inspired eyeliner. 
Sophia 1960's
Minka Kelly in Charlie's Angels

Here are a few techniques & products for creating a strong and sexy eye liner. 
I like liquid liners like Smashbox Limitless Liquid liner Pen.
It's quite easy because it does work just like a pen. You just sweep it on in the shape that you want. 

I also like cake liners like Joe Blasco's cake eyeliner. You wet a brush (I prefer a thin angle brush but you can use any eyeliner brush) and roll it back and forth through the cake liner. For a thin line apply a light pressure with the tip of the brush. For a thicker line apply more pressure. 

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Skin that glimmers & glows!

Last year my friend & Head of Makeup on Dancing with the Stars, Melanie Mills, invited me to come help out on the show for a few episodes. The first day Melanie came in & handed us 2 unmarked bottles of a "lotion" she had concocted. We were asked to apply it to all the dancers head to toe. It was a beautiful tan toned gleaming glittering lotion. I asked her what it was & she coyly said "It's a secret." 
What I didn't know was that she was in the process of creating an amazing product, Gleam Body Radiance. It's really unique. She created 4 shades and it can be used in a number of ways.

I used the light gold as a highlight on my cheekbones and shoulders. I applied the Bronze gold on my legs & it gave them a tan tone with a bit of shimmer. There's a Rose gold & a Deep gold that I have yet to play with...but I will.
Not only is it really pretty & fun to use, but it's good for your skin too. It's made of natural ingredients like Olive, Jojoba seed and Safflower seed oils, Japanese Green & White Tea extracts, Aloe Leaf Extract and brown seaweed. These anti aging, hydrating ingredients slow the breakdown of collagen & elastin in the skin.